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  • Blog Post: Respawn Co-Founder Jason West Leaves Company

    Update: Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella (pictured above, right) has posted an update on Respawn's official site that details Jason West's (pictured above, left) departure. Here is the full message: Jason has left Respawn to take care of some family issues. We have worked together on some amazing... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Reaches Settlement With West, Zampella

    A settlement has been reached between Activision and former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella. An attorney for the case confirmed to Game Informer a settlement between the parties, which includes Activision, Jason West, Vince Zampella, and the Infinity Ward Employee Group, was reached... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Digs For Dirt On West & Zampella

    According to court filings, before the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (shown), Activision inaugurated Project Icebreaker to find dirt on Infinity Ward's Jason West and Vince Zampella. Giant Bomb says it was given this filing for the upcoming trail by the PR firm for West and Zampella's... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Reaches Settlement With EA Over Call Of Duty

    Activision and Electronic Arts have reached a settlement in the on-going Call of Duty lawsuit that began two years ago. Details about the settlement today were not disclosed at this time. Activision's request to delay the trial date after hiring a new lawyer, Beth Wilkinson, was also denied. The... More
  • Blog Post: Infinity Ward Court Date Set

    The trial date for the case between Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella and Activision will begin on May 29, 2012 The case also includes The Infinity Ward Group, which is suing for unpaid bonuses , and rival Electronic Arts, which Activision claims conspired against them to destroy... More
  • Blog Post: One Of Two Infinity Ward Co-Founder Lawsuit Claims Dismissed By Judge

    We're still waiting for the trial related to Infinity Ward co-founders Jason West and Vince Zampella leaving Activision to begin, but as of this week, West and Zampella have had one of their lawsuit claims against Activision dismissed by a judge. Bloomberg reports that state superior court judge... More
  • Blog Post: Court Says Activision Can Go Ahead With Lawsuit Against EA

    A Los Angeles superior court has ruled that Activision Blizzard can go ahead in its lawsuit against rival Electronic Arts relating to the departure of Jason West and Vince Zampella's from Activision-owned developer Infinity Ward. Judge Elihu Berle ruled against an Electronic Arts' motion and... More
  • Blog Post: West, Zampella, Activision Headed To Court May 7

    A Los Angeles judge has set a May 7, 2012 trial date for the grievances between Call of Duty creators Jason West and Vince Zampella and their former employers at Activision. The pair are seeking $125 million of unpaid Modern Warfare royalties as well as an annulment of their contract with Activision... More
  • Blog Post: Respawn Founder Wants More Crossover Between Facebook And Console Games

    It's been well over a year since Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella left the Call of Duty developer to form Respawn Entertainment. The studio still isn't ready to talk about its first project, but at least one of the founders seems interested in tying hardcore games to lighter... More
  • Blog Post: Games Page Of New Respawn Website Features Blurry Teaser Image

    Today Respawn Entertainment has launched its new website that features employee bios, forums to spew words all over, and this blurry teaser image. Could this be a first look at the sci-fi shooter the team is reportedly working on? Found on the website's Games page, the blurry image offers no information... More
  • Blog Post: West And Zampella's Activision Lawsuit Likely Headed To Trial

    When former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella left Activision a number of lawsuits were thrown around from both parties. West and Zampella claimed that Activision's alleged wrongful termination cost the duo more than $125 million in royalties. Activision presented a countersuit accusing... More
  • Blog Post: Seamus Blackley Leaves CAA

    The head of the games division at the Creative Artists Agency is stepping down to set up a new game production studio. Blackley, one of the principal architects of the original Xbox, joined the company in 2003 to bolster its presence in the video games industry. Under his guidance the agency won over... More
  • Blog Post: West & Zampella Add Charges To Lawsuit Against Activision

    The legal dust-up between former Infinity Ward minds Jason West and Vince Zampella gets deeper as the pair have tacked on fraud charges to their ongoing lawsuit against publisher Activision. The pair were already suing Activision over wrongful termination ( click here for a round up of the saga ), and... More
  • Blog Post: Incriminating Emails Surface In Modern Warfare Court Case

    New evidence in the ongoing Activision-Infinity Ward legal drama paints IW founders Jason West and Vince Zampella in a poor light. The email in question was given to Activision by EA pursuant to the pre-trial discovery process. Sent from EA DICE senior director of global marketing Lincoln Hershberger... More
  • Blog Post: Update: EA Responds To Activision's Infinity Ward Lawsuit

    UPDATE: EA spokesperson Jeff Brown has responded to Activision's including of EA in the lawsuit over Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella. In an email sent to the LA Times , Brown says: "This is a PR play filed with pettiness and deliberate misdirection. Activision wants to hide... More
  • Blog Post: Respawn's Jason West Says He Hasn't Played Black Ops

    Respawn Entertainment co-founder (and former Infinity Ward CTO, and one of the big brains behind Call of Duty) Jason West begged off of commenting on Call of Duty: Black Ops when 1Up asked him about it at the Spike TV VGA red carpet, saying, "I, uh, haven't actually played it. It would be hard... More
  • Blog Post: Infinity Ward Restructured, Fully Operational

    At the Morgan Stanley TMT conference this week in Barcelona, Spain, the Financial Times reports Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy said Activision has "got over" the bloodletting at Infinity Ward and fully rebuilt the Call of Duty studio. "We have reconstructed Infinity Ward, [and] we are very... More
  • Blog Post: Infinity Ward Bloodletting Continues

    We can see the business class case study on Activision now: "In retrospect, threatening your employees and withholding their rightfully earned bonuses may not be the best course of action when dealing with your most talented studio." The list of veteran developers resigning from prized studio... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] West, Zampella Form Studio, Sign With EA

    [Update] Activision has broken the silence in regards to the formation of Respawn Entertainment. “This agreement comes as no surprise to Activision given the myriad of improper activities detailed in the cross-complaint filed on Friday against Jason West and Vince Zampella," An Activision... More
  • Blog Post: Activision Counter-Suing Ex-Call Of Duty Developers

    After a ton of drama last month climaxing in fired Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella suing Activision , things went relatively quiet while lawyers were put into motion behinds the scenes. Today, act two of this complicated story begins, as Activision has officially filed a counter-suit... More
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